Media Watch – August 24 (am)

By on 24/08/2009 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council Stories

Towers plan for New Street station shelved (Birmingham Post)
Giant twin towers set to straddle the southern entrance to the redeveloped New Street Station are being shelved due to the collapse in the market for city centre apartments and offices.

City chief splashed out £483 on ‘savings’ meal  (Birmingham Post) Also covered in Mail on Sunday.
The chief executive of Birmingham City Council spent £483 on a dinner meeting to discuss how to achieve ‘efficiency savings’ at a top Birmingham restaurant, it has been revealed.

Pedant’s revolt (Daily Mail)
Ongoing coverage of apostrophe vigilante Stefan Gatward – reference to Birmingham City Council’s decision to dispense with the apostrophe in street signs.

Call for ban on far right march  (Birmingham Post)
West Midlands Police have been urged to step in and ban far right groups from holding a march in Birmingham next month to avoid a repeat of the shocking scenes of violence witnessed earlier this month. Cllr Salma Yaqoob quoted.

Wonderwall buskers story coverage continues. (ABC News, USA)

Regional Headlines

Survival fears over West Midlands heart attack patients (Birmingham Post)
Two thirds of heart attack patients in the West Midlands have failed to receive a life saving service to get them back to normal health, according to a new report.

Man is rescued from kitchen fire  (BBC)
A man has been rescued from a fire which broke out at a flat in Birmingham. Four fire crews were called to the fire at Hogarth House in Bell Barn Road in the early hours of Sunday.

Birmingham retailers forced to ditch organic produce (Birmingham Post) Organic retailers in Birmingham are being forced to switch to conventional produce to survive the recession.

National Headlines

Recession in UK seems ‘at an end’

Ashes triumph

Lockerbie minister facing critics

MPs urge foreign lorry crackdown

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